ALBEMARLE — The Stanly County School Board voted 5-1 tonight to hire Dr. Jeff James to lead the county school system as superintendent. The motion was made by School Board Member Ryan McIntyre made the motion to hire James at an annual salary of $130,000. Board Chairman Melvin Poole did not vote – as he typically only casts votes to break ties – and member Vicky Watson was the lone vote against hiring James.
James is currently the Montgomery County assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Prior to his central office role in Montgomery, James as a principal in Iredell County for over a decade. He holds a doctorate in education from UNC Greensboro and also attended Appalachian State University, Gardner-Webb, and UNC Charlotte.
James’ contract with Stanly County begins on March 1, 2018.
Dr. James and his wife Tammy were introduced by Chairman Melvin to a standing ovation by the Board and applause from those in attendance.